Well don't you guys have it rough? Those damn Buells have been calling loudly to me lately and I think the old CityX might just be winning me over. There ain't a bike you listed in the whole test that I would feel bad about owning. Life is good these days. Very good.
At Buttonwillow and on the street ride during the 2007 Buell press intro. It was pretty fun, too. In fact it was more fun than the Long, but I had already ordered the bike and it was too late to change to something else.
A naked standard test without a Ducati Monster is like a v-twin cruiser test without a Harley. I mean let's face it, the Monster is the definitive naked bike along with the Triumph and the MV Agusta (the KTM is cool too). The rest of these bikes are bland and will be forgotten completely down the road. I'm shopping for a standard right now and none of the bikes in your test are on my list. It's all subjective I suppose though isn't is...
I know you all hate posting real world data instead of that touchy-feely "what I would buy" subjective garbage, but those do factor into real world decision making. So, how about maintenance intervals and mpg numbers?
Also, and this is a little more subjective, how about an aftermarket parts comparison? The buell aftermarket is still getting started, I haven't ever seem much more than exhausts for the Kaw. The FZ1 is all new, byut yamaha is great with upgrade parts. The honda has been around for long enough for there to be a great aftermarket for it, but is there much else besides exhausts and wind-screens?
That was a pretty funny crack about the Swedes, granted, but lest y'all think that the Buell trannie is afflicted with false neutrals; no. There is only one neutral, and its right where its supposed to be. The upshift from 1st to 2nd is more of a 2-notch affair than a "snick", but aside from that shifting is perfectly acceptable.